PEASE PORRIDGE HOT
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Formation: Double circle, partners facing; boys on inside, girls on outside.
Meas. (4 counts per meas.; i.e., 1-2 = 8 counts)
1- 2 Thighs, clap, both, -; thighs, clap, both, -;
3- 4 Thighs, clap, right, clap; left, clap, both, -;
5 – 8 Repeat Meas. 1-4
13-16 The other way!
Note: This is the great basic clapping game from which all of the more complicated ones have sprung. It is one of the oldest and most stable actions in our folk culture. Children seldom tire of it. The fundamental pattern called "Pease Porridge Hot" is in the very earliest Mother Goose books and has been done by English and American children for centuries.